UMW Activities

UMW Executive Board
contact us:
President: Tracy Arvanitis
Vice President: Kim Lambert Serna
Secretary: Deb Rauseo
Treasurer: Martha Stevenson

Membership: Carol Boisvert

Welcoming / Greeter: Barbara Belbin-Myers, Alice Marfleet

Remembrance: Carolyn Richburg

Visitation: Jane Palmer

Communications: Open

Dwelling Place Coordinator: Ann St. Onge

Judith Circle: Liz Harriman and Judy Crawford

Hannah Circle: Dana Burnham

Miriam-Esther Circle: Evelyn Cushing

Rachel Circle: Stephanie Saloman and Claire Hansen

Rebecca-Sarah Circle: Phyllis Allen and Jane Palmer

Ruth Circle: Betsy Peterson


Magdalene Circle: Michele Dickeson and Deb Rauseo
Hi Ladies!

It was nice to see so many faces on our first Zoom UMW meeting! Since we all need to continue to stay home and stay safe, let's continue to stay connected. Our UMW is very active, so please read through to catch up on what's happening.

May 6th UMW Meeting RECAP
Rev. Peter Hey shared a wonderful story and some beautiful photos of the Isle of Iona in Scotland. He shared the story of the monastery there and the personal meaning it had for him. Janice DiTullio enlightened us on the structure and outreach efforts of the national UMW organization. We are grateful to both of them for spending time with us.
Jane Palmer was recognized for her many years of service delivering plants to our home bound members with the UMW Mission Recognition pin. We thank Jane for her dedication to our UMW members!

As outlined in last month's NEWS, we voted on financial disbursements from our chocolate festivals as submitted.

The Sunshine Fund is up and running with assistance as requested by Carolyn Richburg. If you have extra greeting cards, please drop them at church (marked UMW Sunshine Fund) or call Carolyn to arrange getting them to her.

Janice DiTullio gave us some of the background on the upcoming church redistricting, which will be effective July 1, 2020. Although Tewksbury and Wilmington will be in two different districts, we will not split our UMW and want to reassure our members that we will continue as a combined unit.

We did a bit of brainstorming regarding communicating and meeting in a virtual world especially for our members who are not tech savvy. We will be inserting this NEWS into the Conversation each month to ensure we reach as many members as possible.

Harvest and Holly Fair
Although it is months away, it is time to start thinking about our fall event. We may need to do things differently this year, so start brainstorming about it now! Share your thoughts with us via email or a phone call to any of the Executive Board members listed at the end of this messa

UMW Circles are still meeting! 
Here is the list of circle meetings for this and next month. If you would like to join one, or if your circle is not listed, please contact the circle contact, listed at the end of this email.

Hannah Circle is meeting virtually on Sunday, May 17 and June 21st at 6:30 PM.
Rachel Circle is meeting virtually on Wednesday, May 20.
Ruth Circle is not meeting in May or June.
Magdalene Circle will be meeting through emails and telephone calls.
Miriam/Esther Circle is not meeting in May or June.
Rebecca-Sarah Circle is not meeting in May or June.
Lydia Circle is meeting virtually on Friday, May 22 and June 19.

ZOOM Pro Available for UMW Meetings
If your circle would like to meet virtually, we have purchased Zoom Pro, which offers unlimited meeting lengths and unlimited attendees. If you would like to use it, please contact me (Tracy) and I will get you set up.

Dwelling Place Schedule
The Dwelling Place is a soup kitchen, located in the Methodist Church in Woburn. Our Circles prepare and serve the meal to the 25 to 35 guests that attend. If you have any questions or need assistance when serving, please contact Ann St. Onge. If you are not a Circle member and would like to help, please reach out to the Circle Contact for the month in which you want to help. The Dwelling Place is still serving, but the meals are all given to go. Ann has details so be sure to contact her if your Circle is serving in the next few months.

June 15 -- Ruth Circle
July 20 -- All Church
August 17 -- Rachel Circle
September 21 -- Judith/Magdalene
October 19 -- Hannah Circle
November 16 -- Ruth Circle
December 21 -- Rachel Circle

Pass it on!
Please share this email with any women in the church that may not be on our mailing list. If you received this from another member and would like to be added to our list, please send me an email ( with the subject line Add Me to the Mailing List.

Bask in the blessings God sends us each day!

Faithfully yours,
Tracy Arvanitis

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